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Little Fuzzy

by H. Beam Piper

Cover artist: Victor Kalin

Publisher: Avon

Pub year: 1962

Cover price: 40¢


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Cover tagline

Our candidate for the most delightful science-fiction book of the year! Our nomination for The Man of the Future.

Back cover text

Friends of Little Fuzzy vs. The Chartered Zarathustra Company

The chartered Zarathustra Company had it all their way. Their charter was for a Class-III uninhabited planet, which Zarathustra was, and it meant they owned the planet, lock, stock and barrel. They exploited it, developed it and reaped the huge profits from it without interference from the Colonial Government.

Then Jack Holloway, a sunstone prospector, appeared on the scene with his family of Fuzzies and the passionate conviction that they were not cute animals but little people.

The Company was aghast at this threat to their power and profits. If Holloway could prove the Fuzzies were people, Zarathustra would automatically become a Class-IV inhabited planet, the Company's charter would become void and the Colonial Government of the Federation would take over.

The Company did not hesitate to resort to coercion, murder — even genocide — to prevent the Fuzzies from being declared the ninth extrasolar sapient race.

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Interior text

"As soon as he put on the light, something inside the shower stall said 'Yeeeeeek!' in a startled voice.

"He turned quickly, to see two wide eyes staring up at him out of a ball of golden fur. Whatever it was, it had a round head and big ears and a vaguely humanoid face with a little snub nose. It was sitting on its haunches, and in that position it was about a foot high. It had two tiny hands with opposing thumbs. He squatted to have a better look at it.

"'Hello there, little fellow,' he greeted it. 'I never saw anything like you before. What are you, anyhow?'

"The small creature looked at him seriously and said 'Yeek,' in a timid voice.

"'Why sure; you're a Little Fuzzy, is what you are.'"

And what Little Fuzzy is, is one of the most charming and exciting science-fiction novels you will ever read.